The AGM of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council:

The AGM of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council will be held on Saturday 13 January 2024 from 11.00am to 3.30pm in the conference room at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle (formerly the Mercy Hub).

The keynote speaker will be Sir John Battle who was a Labour party Member of Parliament for 1987 to 2010. A committed Catholic, John frequently speaks on issues around Catholic Social Teaching and is chair of the Justice and Peace Commission for Leeds Diocese. He will be speaking to us on the theme of Integrity in Church and Public Life.

Please can you confirm your intention to attend by email to lizarchibald.justiceandpeace@gmail.com by Friday 5 January.

We wish to make this event as inclusive as possible, so please also let us know if you have any physical, sensory or communication access needs which we need to consider to enable your full participation.

Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

The Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council believes the current process for claiming asylum is broken and we need a fairer system that is fit for purpose. Detaining people, with no time limit is, we feel, an inhuman way of dealing with people who are seeking sanctuary.

On the first Sunday of each month, we join with others in an interfaith prayer vigil to pray for those held at the Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (Corbridge Road, Medomsley DH8 6QY). We meet at the barrier to the centre from 3.00 to 3.45pm.

We invite you to join us at the next Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the barrier to Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre which will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 7 January. Please join us to pray for the women detained there.

We understand that from January, the centre will be changing to detain men, although this stage we are unsure whether women will also continue to be detained. Generally, between 30 and 40 people meet to pray for those in detention.

If you cannot join us in person, please consider joining us in prayer from your own home. The prayer vigil booklet can be found here. Watch the online prayer service through YouTube here.

For more information email: lizarchibald.justiceandpeace@gmail.com.